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When you imagine some of the more dangerous industries to work in, your mind probably doesn’t automatically jump to acting or the performance industry, but the truth is that performers face the danger of being injured in ways that aren’t common in other industries. For that reason, personal injury attorneys who specialize in cases of injuries that actors and performers may experience are often sought out for legal representation.

Overworked Actors

Actors are hard workers who put in long hours a lot of the time, and for that reason, overexertion injuries are common. Excessive fatigue can lead to slips and falls, voice over-use issues, and other secondary injuries related to be excessively tired. Injury from sunburn or exposure can also occur when actors are spending long hours at the mercy of the elements. While some people may think this is merely part of the job description, the truth is that actors have some room for legal recourse if they’re injured while working. Personal injury attorneys handle cases that revolve around workplace injuries frequently, and injuries sustained by performers are not uncommon.

Unsafe Sets

Personal injury lawyers also deal with many cases that have to do with unsafe sets. This could mean that equipment falls on an actor due to poor set-up, or that a set has not been built sturdily enough and can collapse and cause injury. Whatever the case may be, if a set is not safe and causes a performer or actor to get hurt, the case can be treated like a workers compensation injury case.

Stunt-Related Injury

One type of injury that is somewhat unique to entertainers is any injury related to stunts performed. Many productions hire stunt people who are trained, however even then, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any coverage in terms of legal action if they get seriously injured while doing their job.  Stunt actors are still able to file claims for personal injury and workers compensation if they’re hurt at work, and personal injury lawyers are the ones they call if they need legal help for it. If you’re an actor, stunt performer, or otherwise involved in the entertainment industry and you get hurt, you’re not stuck—call a personal injury lawyer for help with your situation.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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